If you are modeling Amtrak in z scale, the choices continue to grow. For a long time, the only choice for z scale Amtrak was products from Marklin. They offered a very nice F7 and a variety of different passenger cars. In addition to the classic Marklin line, you now have Amtrak in z scale from Micro Trains and AZL. Micro Trains is offering a nice Amtrak commuter set featuring an F7 locomotive, a baggage car and three coach cars. Really a nice looking set with aluminum sides. AZL offers an Amtrak F59PHI Locomotive in Amtrak West and Amtrak California, each with 3 different road numbers. You can also buy them as a commuter set, consisting of the locomotive and 4 cars. If you are modeling z scale Amtrak on your layout, check out these great options. Some of what is available on ebay is listed below. AZL is now offer the Amtrak Super Liner in 4 car sets and singles along with a very sharp Genesis P-42 locomotive in several roads. Below are just a few items offered on ebay right now, search for more or check out Zgauge.com for the latest available.
Z Scale Marklin Mini Club 8778 Orient Express SNCF Salon Bar Piano Car
The Z Scale Marklin Mini Club 8778 Orient Express SNCF Salon Bar Piano Car. This is one very well detailed and very rare car that Marklin produced. With only 150 of these made, they are hard to come by. This car was made to compliment the Marklin 8108 Orient Express set and is just as well detailed. They are long sold out but you can still find them here and there, your main source is likely ebay. Click here to search ebay for current Marklin 8878 offerings. As for current price, there is quite a variance. I have seen them selling for around $75 US to close to $200. As with many of the classic Marklin cars, it’s supply and demand. Unfortunately, this is just one of those rare ones that not many people want to part with! The cheapest car may not be the best buy especially on these that you will likely hold for some time. The nice thing I have noticed about man of the classic cars including the Z Scale Marklin Mini Club 8778 Orient Express SNCF Salon Bar Piano Car is most are kept in excellent shape in the case.
Z scale selection continues to grow and now if you favor the C&NW line, you will be pleased to see the new release from AZL of these Z scale Chicago & Northwestern passengers cars. All told there is a total of 23 cars available when you count the different road numbers and names that are offered. These cars are the heavyweights very well done in the classic C&NW yellow and green. Passenger cars are a favorite of most any modeler and adding this complete line of cars to z scale is just a great addition. Body styles include a variety of sleepers, parlor cars, paired coaches, diner cars, baggage cars, mail cars and of course an observation car as well. I haven’t seen a good choice for pulling the cars yet, hopefully there is something on the horizon to head up these beauties. You can see the entire line up of z scale Chicago & Northwestern Passenger Cars online at Zgauge.com
More on the AZL Z Scale Southern Pacific Line Heavyweight Passenger Cars. On an earlier post we highlighted the the Sunset Limited 10 Car St from AZL but at the same time they released a bunch of heavyweight passenger cars for z scale in SP road name. 2 new body styles were added, an observation and a mail car. All told with the different road numbers and car names released, I counted 25 different heavyweight passenger cars, not counting the 10 in the 10 car set. You can see all the cars including the Z Scale Southern Pacific Observation Car, the Z Scale Southern Pacific Mail Cars and all the new releases at Zgauge.Com .There is also buzzing about another new locomotive release….we will post pictures as soon as we see it.
AZL just released anincludes 10 cars, not sold separately. Here’s what this neat little set will include:other great set, the Z Scale Sunset Limited 10 Car Passenger Set. Very nice set and it is somewhat limited so don’t hesitate if you want to add this z scale passenger car set to your layout. The set
AZL 70004-1 Z Scale Sunset Limited 10 Car Passenger Set
Set number 70004-1. This ten car set contains the following cars. These cars are only available in this set:
1. AZL PULLMAN 12-1 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | Brazos
2. AZL PULLMAN 12-1 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | Pecos
3. AZL PULLMAN 10-1-2 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | El Norte
4. AZL PULLMAN 10-1-2 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | El Occidente
5. AZL PULLMAN 6-3 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | Glen Aladale
6. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES 28-1 Parlor SP Dark Olive
7. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES 36 Seat Diner SP Dark Olive
8. AZL PULLMAN AF268-Z09 (Observation) SP Dark Olive
9. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES AF268-Z05E (Baggage) SP Dark Olive
10. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES AF268-Z10B (RPO) SP Dark Olive
Check our store for a nice selection of Z Scale locomotive and cars, both new and used from Marklin, Micro Trains Line, AZL and Uncle Wills Full Throttle Line.